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    Posted: May 28 2018 at 1:09pm
Has any of the Canadian members ever seen one of these for sale? Are they rare? Also, what would be the going price for a good one? I've got the itch to expand so I'm testing the waters! Thanks!
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Rare as rocking horse poo in Canada.
Also not that great in reality.
The L39/L42 were way obsolete in many ways before they were ever fielded.

Personally if I was going for a "sniper-grade" Lee Enfield I'd go with a No4 Mk2. But as I hate (yes I know its collectable) the Mk 32 scopes I'd seriously upgrade the optics.

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Shamu. I do have a No4 mk2 that I converted to my version of a sniper clone. Walnut cheek piece from England, DAI smithless scope mount and the new Leupold 1.5x4 Freedom straight tube scope. Next time buddies over with his iPhone I'll get him to take some pic's. I think it turned out ok and I am now working on a load for it.
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Not in Canada but in the UK.
There was one at the Arms Fair at Bisley on Sunday. In its case with all the bits including the scope tin.. £10,500
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Shamu, that pic of your No. 4 above got me thinking about adding a cheek piece to my No. 4 Mk 2 that I've put a no smith scope mount on.  Looks like the repro check pieces are made of walnut. I'd like to have one made of beech to match the stock.  I may have to whittle one myself (I happen to have a very large beech tree that came down in a storm at my cabin last year ...).
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Too late for a medic. That dream is circling the drain! My No4 Mk2 it is then!
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Originally posted by britrifles britrifles wrote:

Shamu, that pic of your No. 4 above got me thinking about adding a cheek piece to my No. 4 Mk 2 that I've put a no smith scope mount on.  Looks like the repro check pieces are made of walnut. I'd like to have one made of beech to match the stock.  I may have to whittle one myself (I happen to have a very large beech tree that came down in a storm at my cabin last year ...).

I made mine out of what I could beg borrow or "acquire", in this case well seasoned white oak. Do not use well seasoned white oak, it takes some kind of nuclear-powered tool  to sand that stuff! Its as hard as steel!
I actually made mine a little taller than the originals.It just allows the cocking piece to withdraw fully & be removed!I have the dimenions overlaid on these images as an excel file if you want I can e-mail them to you.
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You built that by hand!!??
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Yup! It started out as an off cut from a 3X4!
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Nice work! I wish I was that handy with wood. I just dont have the tools for woodworking, just automotive tools.
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They are on UK Ebay at £44 + postage in Walnut and Blonde beech. They will ship wordwide.
eBay item number: 132631056371
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Thanks Shamu and Stanforth. 
 
Doesn't look too hard to make, other than getting the inside radius cut out to the shape of the butt stock.  I do like the idea of matching the existing wood using beech; I might have a go at it.   I can easily split a chuck off that huge beech tree that fell; I'm still working at cutting it up.  Beech splits very easily. 
 
What are the blond stocks that come out of the arsenal usually finished with? Sure doesn't look like an oil finish, mine looks almost like a varnish of some sort.    
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The one I ordered off eBay from the UK was Walnut and unfinished. I used Shamus linseed oil recipe along with the rest of the rifle. About $120 CAD all in. If I could make anything out of wood except fire, I'd give it a go!
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Its not.
I used mainly sandpapers of various grades & a set of rotary sanding cylinders in a power drill chuck!
The base, where it fits the stock comb was roughed out the same way with a 1" Dia. sanding drum then fine finished with sandpaper wrapped round a spare stock with damage. That way I didn't beat up the original.
I finished mine with Brownells Linseed oil.
The shiny ones may be something called "Old London Oil". Its a 50/50 mix of she!!ac & Raw linseed. They don't really mix so you have to shake them like salad dressing. Then you hand rub, the same as you would linseed, let it dry overnight & wipe off any excess. Then repeat till it looks as you want it to. throw the rags out daily.

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Regarding the initial post. An L42A1 was on my dream list; but prices have gone balistic; so I settled for an L39A1. 
The L42A1 is the Sniper variant; hammer forged heavy barrel in 7,62 NATO; built up from original No4 Mk1T rifles. Using the same scope recalibrated for the new round. I have read there are only about 800 L42 rifles out there.
The L39A1 was built on new No4Mk2 rifles and fitted with Parker Hale match dioptre sights.
These were specifically military shooting teams. They made 1280 L39's from what I've read.

The advantage of settling for an L39 over the L42 is mainly price. Currently around 12-1500 pound's for the 39 instead of 10,000 for the L42. I have seen them up to 17,000 pounds for perfect with full matching kit.
Consider that the L39's would be used in generally better conditions and probably used less than the L42 and you can see that's it's a good option!
They do shoot very nicely too.


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